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2018-01-25 06:00
Sold as the K3 in South Korea, the new Kia Cerato will be heading to South Africa to go on sale late in the year.PHOTO: supplied

Sold as the K3 in South Korea, the new Kia Cerato will be heading to South Africa to go on sale late in the year.PHOTO: supplied

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THE 2019 Kia Cerato, which was launched at the North American International Auto Show this week, is a looker and it Kia South Africa expects it at Kia’s 77 dealers in southern Africa towards the end of 2018.

The Cerato, which is sold as the Forte in the U.S. and the K3 in
South Korea. is now in its third
generation and Kia said in a
statement it packs even more sophisticated design and desirable features “that transforms one of Kia’s best-selling vehicles into
something more than a compact car meant for getting people from one point to another”.

A new powertrain uses Kia’s first IVT, set to deliver an estimated 6,7 litres/100km, which is over 14km/l.

Vice president of product planning at Kia, Orth Hedrick, said the Cerato is one of Kia’s top-selling models and added the latest model is even more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate their versatile lifestyle.”

He said a reworked suspension geometry provides a quick and nimble behind-the-wheel feel and evolutionary improvements were made to throttle and brake feel performance, yielding a smoother initial response at tip-in and a shorter stopping distance than the previous model.


Kia’s proven 2.0-litre Nu four-cylinder engine (110 kW and 179 Nm) paired with either a six-speed manual or Kia’s all-new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). One of the main criticisms of these transmissions is their “rubber-band” feel.

To address the issue, Kia’s engineers built the IVT with adaptive style
shift logic with a chain-type belt in-stead of push belt, a first in the compact class.


With 428 litres on offer, cargo room is among the largest in the segment and generous enough to accommodate gear for a group of friends on a road trip or a growing family managing a busy schedule.

In its U.S. specification, the Cerato comes standard with an eight-inch colour touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that’s integrated neatly on the dash and within the driver’s line of sight.

A 320-Watt sound system, developed with Harman Kardon, is optional.

Driver aids include Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), the all-new Cerato is available with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Smart Cruise Control (SCC).

Smart Cruise Control is designed to maintain a pre-set distance between the Cerato and the vehicle in front and can slow the vehicle slows with traffic in certain circumstances.

- Supplied.


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